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with the president and mrs. obama for their first joint interview since the election. after a decisive victory, they were riding a new wave of popularity. the campaign seemed to have brought them even closer together. >> mr. president, mrs. obama, there is a photograph of you that went viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of twitter. here it is. >> that's a great picture. >> when you look at this picture, what do you think? at what point was it taken? >> i think we were campaigning in iowa. >> why were you hugging so hard in iowa? >> because i love my wife. >> well, and also, i hadn't seen him in a while. when you're campaigning, they have two ships passing in the night. and the first time i saw him was when i walked onstage to greet him. and that's my honey giving me a hug. >> i like giving you hugs. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> that's a good question. >> you know, we've been married now 20 years. >> uh-huh. >> and like every marriage, you have your ups and your downs. but if you work through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepens. >> and then
by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will take deep effect. >> president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. >> with the first of our year enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, struggling economy and voter doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the front runner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against president obama. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. after 50 primary contests, romney clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths. >> reporter: their battle focused on the economy. >> we can't afford another four years like the last four years. >> we need more tax cuts for working americans. >> reporter: early on, two key moments changed the subject that helped the pres
on the famous picture. the picture tweeted out by the obama campaign election night quickly becoming the most retweeted post ever. >> so why were you hugging him so hard in iowa? >> because i love my wife. >> also, i hadn't seen him in a while. you know, when you're campaigning, you're like two shipments passing in the night. the first time i saw him was when i walked on stage to greet him. that's my honey giving me a hug. >> i like giving you hugs. >> parent senator mike crapo is a vodka guy. according to the virginia police officer who arrested him for driving under the influence, the republican from idaho admitted to doing, quote, several shots of vodka before hitting the road. the mormon senator telling the associated press two years ago he did not drink. he apologizing for his mistake, expecting to be in court in january. >>> some tips from the life options institute. make future plans to do things you have always wanted to do like travel or write that novel. get involved in community activities, volunteer to help others, make new friends, join organizations with members that share your
. >> number number 2. >> project that obama will be re-elected. >> the election was about social. >> spending cutting, about what kind role government should have in your life. >> number 1. the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming but didn't bother to pay attention until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier who knows how strong the economy would be right now. >> coming up, a five-days for a woman. she gets the news she has been waiting to hear on her missing teen daughter. >>> and we are taking a look back at the year. the most outstanding student athletes of the year. >>> those and more coming up at six. now a preview of world news at 6:30. >> coming up, american companies saying thank you. thank you america for make this a great made in america christmas. . >>> you have heard of downward facing dog? even if you haven't chances are your children have. we have more on the latest craze for children. yoga. >> reporter: some say yoga is the fattest growing sport in the nation with 20 million practicing regularly. the latest trend is an ever
because of obama's re-election. the "new york times" made the front page with "clout diminished, tea party turns to narrower issues." and "the washington post" reports tea party stays on the sidelines as obamas, republicans in congress tackle fiscal cliff. the most visible former elected official in the tea party and, of course, chairman of freedom works tried to oust several freedom works officials this fall. in fact, according to the post, army thieves control momentarily of the group. and he brought a gun carrying aide to remove rivals within the organization. but within a week, army was out. freedom works arranged an $8 million pay page for him. $8 million. that is more than the organization's entire annual budget in some years. over in the house, several tea party allies were recently stripped of their committee assignments by speaker boehner. so there are some problems there at the top. an influential conservative is lashing out. >> the tea party is going of to look at itself. it's been so helpful to the republican party in the past. it saved i by not going third party in 2010, helpi
. isn't there a sense that the republican party, that obama won a comfortable re-election? >> yeah but -- >> yeah but. >> that he was boehner's mistake. gee thought that was reality. >> he thought that was reality and he learned the other night that it wasn't. >> republicans don't see it in that world. what covers the sky in their world? >> it's not blue. >> fiscal red. >> it's not blue, that's for sure. when he realized he couldn't round up the votes, he had to recognize that they did not respond to the election the way that other rational factions have responded to elections over the past decades or centuries even. >> what do we make, glen, of this captain queg we have, scared of his own crew, scared of weather conditions, worried about what's going on and still has to be captain? >> i mean, the simple reality is he's the speaker of the house, but each one of those people runs in their individual district and these tea party members in particular, the group that cantor has the most control over or represents the most, they answer to an electorate that feels very much in sync with
,000 a year. the bush era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about 3 million votes. he won the election, he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was in response to something the speaker gave to the president himself, but, again i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they're going to do because he backed off of even his own proposal. mr. president, the house, we hear this so often, is controlled by the republicans, and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that they would support and boehner would support it if it were reasonable, but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know, and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very curious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. what's going on here
thou,000 a year. the bush tax cut will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was response to something that the speaker gave them himself but i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they are going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. the house, we hear so often, is controlled by the republicans. and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that he would support and that boehner would support if it were reasonable. but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very curious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. president, you can't le
president obama, and they helped him stay a elected and one of the reasons was dismissing stuff like that. and the second thing, it's fox news dismissal syndrome, fnds. when it shows up on fox news and it is reported, then the other networks go it's not a story. you get the weird irony that people in the media are hoping that the american people are ignorant t used to be the media would say if only we had a more educated public. now they are getting educated on the story, and, no, it's not a story. >> this is a very serious case obviously. a lot of people disheart ended there wasn't a more thorough investigation and sitting on documents and not coming forward with what the american people needed to know. and benghazi, this story is still going on, the investigation, who is going to testify, who is not. and still more questions than answers. >> amazing. there is a guy in jail because of a video that was blamed for these riots and for this horrible, horrible tragedy. the real scandal is why did they push this video? and if one person could just answer that question. it wasn't a mistake. the
. the bush era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about 3 million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was in response to something the speaker gave to the president himself, but, again, i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house even the speaker can't tell what he's going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. mr. president, the house, we hear this so often, is controlled by the reap warnings and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that he would support and that boehner would support, if it were reasonable, but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know, and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very serious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. p
obama sit down with our own barbara walters for their first interview together since the election. >>> tonight's former president george hw bush was in a hospital in intensive care. he is fighting in an elevated fever. he was in hospital with complications from a bout of bronchitis. doctors said they expected the former president would only spend a few days in the hospital and be home for christmas, but his condition worsened with a spike in his fever and he is now in guarded condition in the intensive care unit. >>> a powerful winter storm that lashed the midwest and south is moving to the northeast. in boston the high winds are actually blowing the snow sideways. forecasters, however, say the snow will be gone tomorrow. across the midwest, blizzard warnings are in affect for eight states. the snow, sleet and the rain across the highways have contributed to six deaths. and just driving itself is a real hassle. >> we were trying to get out. >> yes, we were trying to get out of the parking spot and we were spinning in circles. >> the storms are also causing havac for airline travel
. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire people who provide services to me. >> reporter: after nearly 50 primary contests, romney finally clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths.
of these policies are insulting some large group of people. >> which is why they lost the election. >> they have a very small coalition. >> they don't even have the reign. but when you look at the polling even on the fiscal cliff stuff, president obama, rochelle, on a new poll, 54% approve of his handling of the fiscal cliff. only 26% support joan boehner. so the politics of it is not even working for them. they're purists, but they're not being practical, even politically. everyone as they don't stand for what you and i may think is the right thing. they're not even being practical about this. >> well, with taxes, it's so complicated because the republican party has basically got taxation at the heart of its ideology. so what they're almost in a position -- they've force ed ths into a corner where what they almost sl to do is let the cliff kick in so that then they can vote to go back and reinstate some tax cuts as opposed to somehow translating any kind of vote they take, you know, grover nordquist was going to stand up and say they raised taxes on the wealthy. at this point, they've got the s
to domestic programs. democrats, of course have no intention of doing that. especially after president obama won the election. senate democratic leadership aide tells me that will remains a 50/50 chance we will get a mini deal temporary extension of tax cuts under $250,000 before the january 1 deadline when we would go over the cliff. will are no assurances of that. a white house official told me as president obama prepares to fly back to conduct and participate in the negotiations at the end, there has been no progress over the holiday weekend. michelle, i'm afraid that people who are looking for a deal and looking for a deal by december 31, all hope is not lost. it is not looking good at the moment. >> let's go back to this hitting the debt ceiling on monday. we learned of this because treasury secretary tim good night mother sent a letter to the honorable harry reid majority leader. and that's where he outline it is fact that in three business days, the summit government is going to run out of borrowing capacity. john, if there were a treasurer in a business who went to their boss and sai
. by floating other names. did obama's miss like bork even getting nominated? i don't like this process. >>> and new reports the tea party process was imploding, imploding well before election day. including an attempt with dick armey getting aimed. >>> plus we'll have the top viral videos of 2012 including this one. >> we're all on our own if romney has his way. and he's against safety nets. if you fall, tough luck. so i strongly suggest that you wake the [ bleep ] up. >> actually, that's samuel l. jackson, he's a nice fella personally. this is "hardball," the place for politics. he really is a nice guy. >>> former president george h.w. bush took a turn for the over and he's against safety nets. if you fall, tough luck. so i strongly suggest that you wake the [ bleep ] up. >> actually, that's samuel l. jackson, he's a nice fella personally. this is "hardball," the place for politics. he really is a nice guy. >>> former president george h.w. bush took a turn for the worse over christmas eve. doctors say they are cautiously optimistic the 88-year-old will recover. we wish him well. we'll
a hefty down payment. >> number two. >> cnn predicts president obama will be elected president of the united states sniet was more about socialism and capitalism, spending and cutting, about what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming but didn't bother to pay any attention to coming and didn't bother to pay any attention until after the election. had they dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. tyeah, its the galaxy note ii.re great. you can do two things at the same time. you can watch videos and text. or you could watch the earnings report and take notes, like we're supposed to. so... can i get it? yeah. okay either of you put together the earnings report yet? yes, me totally. what? why don't you tackle the next quarter. you eat yet? polynesian? pu pu platter? yup! keep up the good work. i will keep up the good work. do more with the new samsung galaxy note ii. [music: artist: willy moon ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it h
. here's how mitt romney explained why he lost to president obama just days after the election. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked. >> that explanation got mitt romney attacked and condemned by the likes of bobby jindahl and other republicans. they're now trying a new approach. tag romney said this about his father. he wanted to be president less than anyone i knew in my entire life. he had no desire to run, says tag, who worked with his mother and to persuade his father to seek the presidency. if he could have found someone else to take his place, he would have been ecstatic to step aside. too bad he never told newt gingrich that. joining me now, msnbc's joy reed. i'm on the verge of feeling sorry for them, trying to come up with these crazy reasons about why he lost. and now they want to pretend that this guy who lived his whole life in order to run for president didn't really want to run f
for being with us. first lady michelle obama slinging delegations about what she claims were voting irregularities in the presidential election. on the radio show she said voter suppression was in full force in many states all over this country.s ar the first lady cited no specifics and prompted judicial watch to iss the fina following statement. mrs. obama's exhibitions of minority vote suppression or racially divisi and show a dangerous disregard for the troops. we are aware of no evidence of actual voter suppression.r if she has some issues to disclose. by the way, we have not heard from the justice department on this issue at all. given his history that we certainly would have if there waslth any incident of voter suppression. our next guest defense the tough voter id law say it is a paramount important that we protect the integrity of the process and make sure voter irregularities and voter fraud is eliminating. joining us now, attorney general of south carolina, great to have you with us.at first, your reaction to what the first lady had to sy. >> i obviously disagree with the
in for bill o'reilly. in the personal story segment tonight. president obama attracted year whelming support among hispanics in the last election sounding defeating mitt romney 71-27 among those voters. this is less conservatives searching for a way forward on immigration. some folks in the party are suggesting finding inspiration from former president george w. bush who recently weighed in on the debate. america is a nation of immigrants. immigrants have helped build the country that we have become and immigrants help build a dynamic tomorrow. can be a lawful society and welcoming society at the same time. i hope we do so with a ben benevolent spirit. >> is bush the face wants to embrace for the party's future. former political director for former h.w. bush and joining us from san diego murdock a fox news contributor. great to see both of you. let's start with you here. is this the way forward for the republican party now? the republicans took a beating. they got wailed on. the messaging was romney didn't do enough to court hispanic voters. is it really illegal immigration the problem or la
, for those folks who do not want to work, we should send them home. mr. obama was elected, so live with it. he is the president. i want to do my fair share. if i am ok with paying a bit moe taxes to make sure our country gets out of this quagmire. god bless america. host: that was larry in massachusetts. the lead editorial this morning in the financial times -- again, that's from the financial times. michael vincent, statin island, new york. good morning. caller: good morning. pastor of one world life systems. on the darkest day of 1990 in washington, d.c., i began my ministry. that is something people don't realize, especially those who attack those who work with the indigent or support for the struggling -- or the poor. when i was back in d.c., we had dan and bob and they sat in an irish bar around the corner and worked out the tax bill in 1987, i believe the year was. that's the kind of leadership the article was just talking about. instead of the people that call up and paris at the propaganda, we really have to be practical. -- that parrot the propaganda. a house divided cannot stand.
of tax increases obama and the democrats passed before th be last election and 90% of those tax hikes were delayed, conveniently. the president got himself safelyse reelected.ion and then we have the massive spending, $8 trillion in debt obama is running up over the next decade. republicans have several schools. right now they have very little leverage onra this debate over e fiscal cliff because that stuff happens automatically, but the idea of a debt ceiling increasef they told obama more than once if you want a trillion dollars, you will need that eight times in the next decade they will have to cut spending a trillion have to cut spending a trillion eric: i'm a republican, congressman, senator tax pledge to not raise taxes. teo if somebody approaches me and says here is a bill that says if youhi sign this we will cut taxn for 98%, how can you say no to that? my point is this. the administration is winning the war of optics. if they played it this way, do they not win? >> they won the war of optics so far because everything has beene done. done inside closed walls.nd f if c-span, f
tonight. a white house christmas. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama sit down with our own barbara walters for their first interview together since the election. we take you inside the first family's holiday tradition coming up on nightline right after abc2 news at 11:00. c1 >> you're watching the station that works for you. abc2 news, baltimore. >> if you don't like someone, go ahead and give them this flower. flour fan attics are going to see the corpse flower. >> it smells like a rotting corpse. >> i think it's appropriate actually. i think it needs something more. >> it sounds lovely. they only bloom a couple of day in their six year life. this one received full bloom christmas. but tomorrow, it will be dead. >> it smells dead already. >>> many people try online dateing to find a special someone. and an 81-year-old man is going for a more direct way. sandy is wearing a sign around his neck that says he wants a wife. he was married many times. he says he changed his ways and wants someone he can spend the rest of his life with. but there are some nonane yore bls. >>
. he affectively called for a general election. he did not contest it. it was much worse than obama's first debate. he appeared before them and was like "don't vote for me." he lost that election. he did not have to call for that election. he called for it to lose it, to stay at home. he has not spoken since. he is having a nice holiday. and then there was papandreou. i was an advisor up until 2006. so i am not to blame. who unfortunately, he did not see the crisis of the eurozone collapsing. the eurozone had no foundation. there was an earthquake. it starts unraveling with greece. and let's say between 1995 2008 god and his angels descended on an athens and ran the show. with rationality, omniscience, ethos, and morality. greece would not have been the first domino to fall. but it would have been the third. grace would have fallen after ireland or possibly after portugal. it was never designed to sustain a crisis like 2008. we were doomed. finally, the united states that we know today is the result of the crisis of the 19th century and the early 20th century. 1 very preciously saw
president obama and the democrats campaigned on, this past election cycle and by the way he won, was exactly this fall back plan or the small piece of tax cuts being extended for 98% of american families and 97% of small businesses. there is a bill in the senate sitting there right now that the house could actually vote on. they don't need to wait for anything to pass the senate. the house could call a vote on it right now and 98% of america's families could see protection of their tax cuts extended. so i think that is a strong position for the democrats. they won on this. the majority of american people agree that the 2% of the wealthiest in this country can afford to pay a little bit more. most wealthy people agree with that. >> you believe president and leaders prefer going over the cliff so they can raise taxes and blame the g.o.p. but republicans have the option of locking in tax cuts for most americans right now. >> i think the president does want to do that because as you said he can increase taxes, point the finger at the republicans but we need to have spending cuts. this is not an
will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election. more than just about obama and romney, it was about socialism and capitalism and spending and cutting and what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming and didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >> and make sure you join me for the biggest stories of the year in crime, politic, money and the most scandalous stories. the top ten of 2012, 8:00 eastern. a teen battling a terminal illness uses lyrics instead of letters to say goodbyes. >> it's kind of me always being there for him. like if they keep singing that song throughout their life, it will be worth it. >> this teen's final wish, next. s that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life wit
the election in november. the majority of american voters blame g.w. bush than obama for the country's current economic situation. i don't think the answer to this is by reembracing bush and having jeb bush running in 2016. putting on the brother of the man hot majority of the voters think is more responsible for the shape we are in. we had tremendous spending under g.w. bush. he increased spending just a little bit less than linden baines johnson did. second biggest spender since eisenhower since chris edwards cato institute. tarp, bailouts, medicare drug plan. expansion of government which again we have not seen since the great society. i don't think reembracing all of that and again becoming the party of big government conservatism is the way to get back in the good gracious of the voters. >> laura: i have great affection for the bush family. they spend every christmas at camp david. they were worried about their secret service and staffers being away from their families. i have great affection for them. i have had my policy differences with the bushes, however. and on this issue of illegal
, but there is no substance of an agreement. >> what we have are on the obama side, you have an election that pretty much took a mandate, if you will where the very issue of taxes was legislated and the americans said they agreed with the president saying that taxes rise for the wealthy and the right wing and the republican party who won by a wide margin in deeply conservative areas. they have a mandate. they are cancelling each other out. they each think they are -- that is why we are frozen. i don't know if it's been that way. the mechanics have been such that they are polarized to the point where it's paralyzing. >> the thing that baffles me and it sort of angers me is the conservative republicans, the president's vote in state after state in the electoral college. it used to be in politics if it was more respect for the voter and the voter speak today, one of the big things they seem to speak out on was this idea that raised taxes on people making $1 million or more. we are at a stand still on that. your sense of things in the house especially. the lack of respect for the voter, this idea that we have thi
the country and the economy at some point. i have been elected but let's goletnegotiate. >> kimberly: is president obama going to negotiate? >> eric: if it doesn't start with 250,000 it won't pass. >> juan: wait. obama went up. he went up to 400. that is negotiate. >> andrea: what has he done on entitlement? >> juan: what are you talking about? he did the chain cp that i shall would bring down. not true. i am telling you. >> andrea: boehner to his credit concedeed something. but the last one was not a smart one. >> greg: can we talk more about vampires? >> andrea: commercial break. now a word for our sponsor why we talk about vamps. coming up, is it okay to fire an employee for being irresistible? married dentist did just that. we'll tell you about it next. >> after working side-by-side, i didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind. ♪ ♪ want to know what i did in the last five hours? i played a round of golf. then i read a book while teaching myself how to play guitar; ran ten miles while knitting myself a sweater; jumped out of a plane. finally, i became a ping p
the administration wants on this front. of course, president obama is from hawaii. probably the biggest elected leader from the aloha state and that's what we know about senator schatz as of now. but boy, he is the newest member of the u.s. senate and some new senators coming with the beginning of the 113 congress right at the beginning of the year. >> i understand senate majority leader reid urged governor abercrombie to act with due haste with his appointment. is that because he thinks that the senator may play some sort of instrumental role to solving the fiscal cliff crisis? >> that's right and the pieces of legislation. democrats wanted that extra vote. if not for the so-called fiscal cliff debate they're trying to strike a deal on. that would be also on other legislation that would come up with 113th congress. democrats want to ensure they have 55 votes when the 113th congress begins on january 3rd. >> senior political editor mark murray for us on this thursday, appreciate it, sir. >> thank you, craig. >>> outrage of russian president vladimir putin's decision to sign a bill to block amer
not have another election. >> a republican in his early years he now leads left and is a big obama supporter. >> i thought it was funny i got the presidential medal of freedom. that is my dad's campaign picture when he was 39 years old running for congress in 1932. this is his desk and i sat on it when i was a kid, 10 years old. >> this is my favorite thing in your office. >> there's a lot of things that go and there but the real problem is a lot of people don't realize it. >> then there are the fun things like the model of grover given to him by students from caltech. also the mock spot sports illustrated cover. >> i have never been anything more than a water boy. >> no e-mail may perhaps be the secret to buffett's success. >> no e-mail for the richest man in the world. here's a look from our mt. tam cam and it should be a pretty nice day. lots of sunshine looking down the coast right now. enjoy it because more rain is on the way. we will have more on the forecast coming up. also you can bring in the new year right here on kron4. the only local show with live fire worked around th
the country and the economy at some point. you say i've been elected, but let's govern. >> but is obama willing to negotiate? >> is the senate willing to negotiate? >> no matter what you put up there, if it doesn't start with $250,000, it's not going to pass. >> wait a second, obama went up to $400,000. >> what's he done on entitlements? >> he did the change cpi that would bring it down. >> that's not true. >> no. listen, he did nothing. john boehner has conceded some things. the last move, not a smart one. >> can we talk more about vampires? >> we can. only during the commercial break. >> oh, okay. >> and now a word from our sponsor. is it okay to fire an employee for being simply irresistible? greg has had this problem over and over but he is still here. we will tell but it next. >> after working so many years side by side, i didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind. ♪ [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is
but yeah, look, this is a series. >> mr. obama regained the footing by the third and final debate and ultimately won re-election. >> the best is yet to come. >> long serving texas congressman ron paul decided not to seek re-election to focus on white house bid is one of several high profile members of congress that will retire this year. >> government gets bigger, the liberties are diminishing. >> barney frank and burton from the house, jon kyl, kay bailey hutchison, lieberman and nelson join members of the house and senate hanging up the congressional careers. 2012 also marked a milestone in implementation of president obama's healthcare law. in the 5-4 decision in june, the u.s. supreme court ruled a major crux of obamacare, the individual mandate is indeed constitutional. >> happy and pleased to put the supreme court ahead of partisanship. >> against the federal government that claimed map dated was violate of freedom. >> the republicans won't let up so what ever to repeal the terrible law. >> justices heard arguments from both sides and record-setting three-day hearing in marc
at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was in response to something the speaker gave to the president himself, but again, i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they are going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. mr. president, the house we hear so often is controlled by the republicans, and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that he would support and that boehner would support if it were reasonable, but right now they are -- we haven't heard anything. i don't know -- and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very curious -- if the speaker and the majority leader -- the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. president, you can't legis
better. there's a reason why obama is leading this thing right now. he won the election. he now has the right, morally and politically to force his version of a deal upon people. we also have to consider the dynamics of congress. you know, boehner is going to be coming up to a speaker election january 3rd. all it will require is 17 republicans to overthrow him if they don't support him. that is a tiny number. you could argue this is inherently unstable. you could argue that maybe we're going to get it. some talk about bringing him an outside speaker like john huntsman. and i don't see that happening. but you get a sense of anything could happen in this system. >> and maybe it's a benefit. maybe in the long-term, but certainly right now there does seem to be a sense that it is a small group of people holding the rest of the process hostage. >> oh, yes. i'm trying to find something good to say about something. because the alternative is china, you know? i'd rather have a -- >> is that the case, though? is there not an alternative that you see and other examples as you look whether it'
. in response to put up 800 million in tax revenue changing his entire mind and obama said basically i don't have to respond to this, i will just take it. >> president obama is governing as a negative way with an iron fist. he wants them to respect his perceived election mandate and friendly john boehner was acting in good faith because by allowing tax rate go up on certain segments of the population was compromising principles in hopes of something in return and the president offered nothing in return. gerri: there is a big storm, hundreds of flights have been canceled. it is very possible not everybody will be able to be there. with this disrupts the situation yet again? >> it could. one of my favorite movies is planes, trains and automobiles. why trouble are those in hawaii. it could be a problem. look, i agree with you, these are congressmen and congresswoman. if there is seriously a deal, they will find a way to get here and it will be done. gerri: there were all sorts of interesting stories, rumors about putting something on a table on sunday. some other information going to come out
. not when the country is in a financial crisis. i think obama gets a superhero cape after this. >> andrea: people say republican goes down either way on this. but the house and the senate, this last election by blaming republicans. does he think he will get blamed for this? no. he figures i can do whatever i want. leave the republicans out for dead. >> eric: he is winning the messaging game. that is clear. >> andrea: i say that with confidence. he was able to say look, i was willing to meet them halfway. more than 50%. they don't want to work with us together. he is coming off strong, coming off the supporters, sticking to his position that he pledged to them with the campaign promises. what looks like house in disarray is boehner's house. >> bob: swy j to hear from greg. he's sitting on the edge of his chair. >> kimberly: he is medicated. >> greg: this is so boring. maybe i speak for a small percentage of the audience but this is boring and upsetting. we know the outcome. president obama set up republicans. going over the cliff is like a water slide. defense cut and high taxes. all that
it goes too far. as to the regulators, i would have been worried if mitt romney had been elected because he would have appointed non- regulators. but i think the people in place under president obama who helped write the law believe in it. the common theme in the bill, as i saw it, was to say to a great extent, people who make decisions that are risky, which should be done in the business community, will not be able to escape the consequences of poor decisions because that way they'll make better ones. >> reporter: failures, regrets. >> yeah. i should have voted for the first iraq war. george bush did that one very well. i'd been skeptical. i was afraid that george bush was going to treat the first iraq war the way his son treated the second. in the housing area, i was late- - along with a lot of other people-- to see the housing bubble, but that didn't affect the actions. >> reporter: so you told me once when i asked you this question that you had a regret about when you came out, i think it was, or your general posture with respect to homosexuality and the timing of it. >> no. i wish i
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